Board of Trustees

The Antioch University Los Angeles Board of Trustees has delegated authority and responsibility for the oversight of the AULA campus. They act as ambassadors to further AULA’s mission in the local and wider community as well as advocate for AULA on matters of public policy.

Our current board is comprised of exceptional individuals, leaders in business and nonprofits who share AULA’s commitment to diversity, academic excellence, and community outreach.


DSC_9248Alice has over 40 years of experience as an educator. She has performed services as an educational consultant, consulting television producer, and adjunct professor. She is the executive director of Platinum Development Associates, which provides consulting for educational professional development, management, and organizational skills. She joined the AULA Board of Trustees in February of 2014.

She received a Commemorative Emmy for Instructional Planning and On Stage Performance for “Hollywood Homeroom,” a four-part series on how to produce videos. Previously she was a community/parent consultant for Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, a consultant for the Community Initiative School, and for the Bill and Melinda Gates Educational Foundation.

Alice served on the Board of Trustees for the Eternal Youth Foundation and the California African American Art Museum. She was a KLCS Television Station and Instructional Focus Committee Member and a member of the Westchester Lutheran School Board.

Currently she serves as a member of the Angel City Links, Links Inc., Advisory Chairperson for LA’s BEST after school program, and on the Executive Board of the Center Theatre Group Affiliates.

She earned a BA from Xavier University and a MA in Urban Studies from Pepperdine University. Alice is the proud mother of Desobry E. Bowens, a United States Naval Officer Aviator and graduate of the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, and grandmother of two young grandsons, Thomas and Charles. She also loves the Arts and to travel.  


Andy BalesAndy is CEO of the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles, which houses, feeds and provides services to 810 previously homeless guests. He purchased and opened a Family Life Center Housing facility which houses previously homeless mothers and children. Formerly, he was the executive director of the Lake Avenue Community Foundation in Pasadena, CA.

Andy has helped to reshape policies related to “dumping” homeless patients from hospitals onto the streets of Skid Row, and works with community partners to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles Andy has been honored for his work by the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Los Angeles Police Department, and Fundraising Success Magazine.

He did work toward a PhD in Sociology from Iowa State University and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Bakke Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. He holds an MAT in Political Sciences from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa & a BA in Theology from Bethel College, and an honorary doctoral degree from Pacific Theological Seminary. Andy and wife Bonnie, a nurse, have six grown children, and delight in their grandchildren. Andy and Bonnie opened their home to 25 foster children as they raised their own children.


CraigKeysCraig Keys, JD, MA has extensive experience in the academic, government, non-profit and private sectors, and currently serves as the University of Southern Californias Associate Vice President of Civic Engagement. In addition to teaching courses in civic engagement, government, urban planning and environmental law, Craig’s public policy experience includes roles as Senior Redevelopment Manager for the City of Thousand Oaks Community Development Department, Legislative Policy Manager for the City of Los Angeles’ Community Redevelopment Agency, Business Development Director for the City of Los Angeles Mayors Office of Economic Development, and legal and leadership roles at the San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

His community and public service activities include serving as Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Commerces District Export Council; Commissioner of the 33rd Assembly District Commission on the Economy & Environment in Los Angeles; and treasurer of the Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Board.

Craig received his PhD from University of California Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs as a deans graduate fellow; earned his JD from the University of Californias Hastings College of the Law; a Masters from Columbia Universitys joint degree program in sociology and law; and completed his undergraduate degree at University of California Berkeley with a double major in social theory and mass communications. He enjoys boating and playing his electric guitar and bass.


Dannelle-Mimi Phan200 Dannelle is audit unit manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  She serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Los Angeles Chapter, and is its past president.  She also serves as a member of the Elevate Ambassadors Council, UCSD Rady School of Management and the Metropolitan Water District Federal Credit Union Supervisory (Audit) Committee. Dannelle joined the AULA Board of Trustees in December of 2012.

Prior to her work with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Dannelle served in auditor positions at companies including Vivendi Universal and News Corporation/Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.

Dannelle is a volunteer and fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities’ Camp Ronald McDonald, and volunteers with the Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course and Advanced Mountaineering Program to promote responsibility and safety awareness in the outdoors.

Dannelle earned a BS in Accounting from Boston College, Carroll School of Management, and an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing, and maintains a mindfulness practice.


GeorgeOchs-croppedGeorge L. Ochs has been active as an investment professional in the institutional real estate and infrastructure industry for the past 25 years, most recently focusing on new business development.  Early in his career George worked in the public sector, most notably serving as the County Manager for Pitkin County (Aspen) Colorado.  He currently serves as a Trustee and as a member of the Investment Committee for the Pension Board of the United Church of Christ.  Previously George served as a board member for Operation Hope, a homeless shelter in Fairfield CT, founded and served as President of the Black Rock (CT) Homeowners Association, and founded and served as President of the Duxbury (MA) Lacrosse Boosters.

Most recently, George was Managing Director of Global Real Assets at JP Morgan Asset Management in New York, London, and Los Angeles for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development at Prudential Insurance in Boston, where he oversaw the redevelopment of the Prudential Center. In addition, George was Principal of the Real Estate Development Consulting Practice, and County Manager of Pitkin County, Colorado.

He earned a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado. George is an avid jogger, and now enjoys spending time with his two, under two years of age grandsons, Sawyer and Zephyr.


Jason OclarayJason is managing director of Algonic Partners, LLC, overseeing the investment strategy and leading the management of a Los Angeles-based family office. From 2007 until 2012, Jason was vice president of Greendale Capital, LLC, where he established and ran the family office of Wells Fargo’s retired COO/vice-chair. Prior to that, Jason was a financial consultant at Wells Fargo’s Private Bank.

Jason has been a Board member at The Trevor Project since 2007 and has served on its Executive Committee as Treasurer since 2009, during which time the organization more than doubled its operating budget to nearly $6 million. He also serves on the board of advisors for COLORS LGBTQ Youth Counseling Center, created in partnership with AULA.

A long-time resident of Los Angeles, Jason is a graduate and supporter of the University of Southern California, from which he earned a BA in English, magna cum laude, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. Jason loves hiking, entertaining, and gardening, and is working on a novel set in Renaissance Florence.


Laurie Petersen200FULLLaurie is the owner and administrator of Un Mundo de Amigos Preschool, providing free preschool and kindergarten-ready programs to over 120 children per year.

After a long and rewarding career in health care and professional sports production, Laurie made the decision to leave the corporate world and pursue her passion for education and social justice, focusing on underserved children and families in our community.

She is also the chair of EDUCATE: Advancing Early Childhood Education, Parenting and Literacy, a 501c3 whose mission is to provide and expand quality services in Central Long Beach.

Laurie earned her BA in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and her master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

Laurie lives with her husband and son in Marina Del Rey.  She and her family are avid sailors and skiers.


DSC_9241Lise is the C.E.O. and founder of Narrative Technologies, which uses interactive and hypertext narrative tools to publish new kinds of literature. She joined the AULA Board of Trustees in February of 2014.

She was formerly the editor-in-chief of Lunch Ticket, a literary journal from the MFA community at Antioch University Los Angeles. While editor, she raised the profile of Lunch Ticket magazine from “newcomer” to “top-tier” as measured by the caliber of writers submitting and accepted. Previously she was a writer, editor, and project manager at Intuit.

Lise is on the Alumni Advisory Board for Lunch Ticket and was formerly on the Board of Directors for Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Library. She is supportive of educational opportunities for underserved populations.

She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She enjoys creating and sustaining avenues for artistic expression in many forms – writing, music, theater, and opera.


Wren_T_Brown_bust-p19g6gq3p519cv1sdmr281vlgu0uWren is a fourth generation Angeleno and a fourth generation theatrical. He is very proud to be in his third decade as an Actor, Producer, and Director. Among Wren’s film appearances are: “Waiting to Exhale,” “Heart and Souls,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” “The Dinner,” “Hollywood Shuffle,” “Biker Boyz,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Midnight Clear” and David Mamet's “Edmond.” On television, Wren co-starred as Whoopi Goldberg's brother and comic foil in NBC's “Whoopi” and was a regular in “Flipper: The New Adventures,” as well as CBS's “Bless This House.” He has also guest starred or recurred on: “The West Wing,” “The Practice,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Frasier,” “Seinfeld,” “Charmed,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and as Professor Wilkins on “Half & Half.”  Wren also starred opposite John Larroquette in Hallmark's “McBride: Tune in for Murder.” Most recently, Wren has also been seen on “Eli Stone,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Women’s Murder Club,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Game,” “Grey’s Anatomy” (recurring), and as the voice of Virgil Simpson, on “The Simpsons.”

Some of his theatre credits include: Shakespeare's “As You Like It” (Drama-Logue Award winner), “On Borrowed Time,” “Burning Hope,” and his NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in “Jeffrey's Plan.” Wren has a broad range of commercial, voice-over and spoken word projects including being tapped by acclaimed pianist Billy Childs to recite the classic Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” on Childs’ GRAMMY Award nominated album “I’ve Known Rivers.”  He narrated The History Channel’s “U.S.S. Constellation: Battleground Freedom,” The Learning Channel series “Scene of the Crime,” and ‘E! Entertainment Television’s E! True Hollywood Story” on the life of Diana Ross. He also voiced Disney’s Br’er Rabbit for various projects. In his directorial debut, he directed over thirty-five actors and actresses in their performances in “Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience,” winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Audio book of the Year. For that project, Wren also narrated the book of Matthew.

In 1999, Wren made his debut as a producer with the critically acclaimed feature film, “Boesman & Lena” starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, followed by Dianne Reeves’ concert film of her GRAMMY Award winning CD, “In the Moment: Live in Concert.” He produced the play, “The Confessions of Stepin Fetchit” as well as an array of short films for new directors. He has also produced evenings celebrating, Mr. Lloyd Richards, Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

In 2008, Wren became Founder of the award winning Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), the first African American professional (Actors’ Equity Contract) theatre company in Los Angeles history. Ebony Repertory Theatre, Inc., is the resident company and operator of the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, where Wren serves as the company’s Producer. In its first three productions, ERT won two Ovation Awards for Best Play, Large Theater as well as many other Ovation and NAACP Theatre Awards. Wren has previously served on the boards of Screen Actors Guild, Friends of Washington Prep High School, Charles R. Drew Medical School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In his spare time, he loves searching then researching family history.


TEX BOGGS, PhD Tex has served as the president of Antioch University Los Angeles since July of 2011, having previously served as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs since July of 2009.

Prior to that, Tex was president of Western Wyoming Community College, a position he held from 1988 until 2008. During his tenure as president of WWCC, Tex was appointed chairman of a Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Community Colleges, appointed a commissioner for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and twice elected to serve as a senator in the Wyoming State Legislature.

Tex’s commitment to education began early in his career when he served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Thailand. As a volunteer, he taught English at the National College for Physical Education and was an assistant coach of the Thai national track and field team.

A graduate of Ferrum Junior College and Davis and Elkins College, Dr. Boggs received both his master's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Tex and his wife, Lien, have three adult children and one grandchild.


SUSAN COLE HILL Susan is an independent business consultant. She is the former vice president of Global Human Resources & Organizational Development for the Walt Disney Company, which she joined in 1994. She has served on the AULA Board of Trustees since September of 2012.

Previous positions include director of Global Staffing and Diversity for the Walt Disney Company and managing consultant for Brentwood International and Conquest Associates, Inc., directing long-term minority recruiting programs instrumental in assisting Fortune 100 clients to meet EEOC requirements.

Susan’s work in support of nonprofits includes serving as board president for the California African American Museum; chapter president of The Links Incorporated; and consultant to the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services. She also served two terms as board president of Haven House, the first-ever shelter for mothers and children in the United States.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Mass Communications from Towson State University. She loves live jazz music, reading mysteries, and playing with her dogs.


MARY E. POWER Mary is a director of the Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation, which celebrates success by providing support with the hopes of creating impact. The foundation is focused on innovative medical research and education.

Until 2010, she held various positions at J.D. Power and Associates, a family owned and operated business until the company sold it in 2005 to the McGraw-Hill Companies. Her most recent position was senior research manager for the Global Travel and Hospitality Practice. In December of 2010, she joined the AULA Board of Trustees.

Mary sits on the Board of Trustees of Mary Health of the Sick, and the Southern California chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She was a driving force in bringing the MS Walk to the Conjeo Valley and has helped grow the event two-fold in just under three years.

Mary earned a BA in Sports Psychology from Oregon State University. She resides in Westlake Village, raising her two children and volunteering throughout the community.


Lillian Lovelace BOT200 Lillian is an active community volunteer, based in both Santa Barbara and Beverly Hills, California. She is president of the Board of the Casa Serena, and serves on a variety of other boards, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Idyllwild School of Music and Art, the Gould Center for the Humanities, the Santa Barbara chapter of the League of Women Voters, and Phoenix House, a halfway house for psychiatric patients. She joined the AULA Board of Trustees in May of 2009.

Major gifts to Antioch University from Lillian and Jon Lovelace support faculty development, educational outreach, visiting scholars, and cross-cultural education.

Lillian attended Antioch College from 1946 to 1948, and graduated from Antioch University Southern California in 1989. In 2008, Lillian received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Antioch University for her distinguished service and dedication to the school throughout the years.


JACK ILLES Jack Illes is the Managing Partner at Urban Strategies | Real Estate Advisors, and the founder of the Three Pillars Fund. Clients range from cities and business districts to hospitality and entertainment firms, development groups and real estate investment trusts.

After studies in Urban Planning at the University of Southern California, Jack has participated in the creation of many award-winning urban retail and mixed-use projects in Southern California, across the US, and abroad. His experience includes roles for a variety of clients in strategic planning, conceptual design and development management for new urban mixed-use projects in New York (Times Square), Boston (Prudential Center), Denver (Park Meadows), Mexico City (World Trade Center), Toronto, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (Hollywood and Highland, Paseo Colorado) and San Diego (Horton Plaza, UTC), as well as projects in Europe and Asia.

Urban Strategies advisory projects range from determining optimum redevelopment strategies for Manhattan’s largest hotel to identifying small business development strategies for independent merchants in a Midwestern downtown. With a group of Florida-based partners, Jack is involved in plans for a new 600-acre entertainment destination with Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Music at the Miami Zoo expected to open in 2020.

Three Pillars Fund is an urban investment fund devoted to adaptive reuse developments that reinvest in the people and the environment of their communities. Initial projects are now underway in downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.


GRANT ABRAMSON Grant worked for 15 years at Capital Group, most recently in the position of director of Leadership Development. He retired two years ago. He previously spent 20 years running a corporate consulting practice that began as a clinical practice. Grant taught graduate psychology courses for 10 years at AULA, and joined the AULA Board of Trustees in May of 2012.

He has founded a nonprofit counseling center; has been affiliated with the Southern California Counseling Center for over twenty five years; and supports many health, education, and welfare organizations. Recently Grant has also been a supporter of micro-financing of multiple projects in the arts and education.

Grant started college at American University in the mid-1960s; his studies were interrupted for three years by military service in Heidelberg, Germany.  He completed his studies in psychology at the University of Maryland, and received his master’s and PhD at USC.

Grant has been married for thirty years. He feels “energized by being in the midst of natural wonders.”


Alicia has spent 22 years as a practicing transactional attorney in areas including the formation and dissolution of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures, low-income housing transactions, employment agreements, licensing, and production, distribution, and management agreements with artists, managers, and recording labels. She has worked with the National Labor Relations Board and with national and international law firms. She has served on the Board of Trustees at AULA since May 2010.

Alicia is the chair of the Board of Directors and a volunteer attorney for the Learning Rights Law Center. The Center helps low-income families advocate for their children who have learning disabilities, and also helps children who are involved in foster care and in the juvenile justice system.

Alicia earned an AB in Biology and a Certificate of Proficiency in Latin American Studies from Princeton University. She obtained her JD from the UCLA School of Law. Alicia lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband Rob Lovelace and their two children.


Antioch University Los Angeles board members can be contacted through the Office of the President at (310) 578-1080 x112 or via email at